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Die Damhuis Restaurant

Die Damhuis Restaurant
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  • Phone Number 0215530093/081 367 7011
  • Location 32 Beach Road, Melkbosstrand, Western Cape
  • email info@diedamhuis.co.za
  • Website URL http://www.diedamhuis.co.za
  • Opening Hours

    Breakfast: Tuesday to Sunday 9:30am to 11:30am

    Lunch: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon to 5pm

    Dinner: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon to 10pm

Cost
R60 - R80 avg main
Ambience
Comfy & casual, Family friendly
Food
Bakery fare, Seafood, South African, Steak
Payment
Mastercard, Visa

Critic's review

Food
Starters could include home-made pickled fish, peri-peri chicken livers with crusty bread to mop up the sauce, or a crisp fresh salad. Try the delicious bobotie made the way Ouma used to with chutney and sambals on the side, or the vegetarian option; butternut and almond bobotie priced at R70. Or go for the heavenly pork belly, slow-roasted in honey, soy and garlic, or a lamb shank, falling off the bone, cooked in red wine and garlic, served with creamed potatoes. Finish up with home-made malva pudding and ice cream, or the chocolate torte, made with Lindt Dark Chocolate and served with Van Der Hum Ice Cream . Either way, this is comfort food, comfort style, at its best.

Wine
A selective list including wines from local farms in and around our area.

Service
Friendly and attentive, without being overwhelming

Ambience
The West Coast starts here in this historic cottage (c. 1785) right on the beachfront, which has been beautifully restored. It’s steeped in atmosphere and delightfully cosy at night when the fires are blazing. Thick walls, deep-set windows and a tiny pub, usually packed with locals having a night out. Charmingly unintimidating.

And...
Corkage at R30 makes a nice change from many local establishments. (GL June 2011)
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User reviews

  • Brilliant setting. Odered the Lambrib roll and Eisbein. The ribroll were by far the best.
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  • Really enjoyed this gem in Melkbos. I can only imagine how stunning the view would be on a Summer evening. Unpretentious yet classy
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  • We went there for an afternoon Lunch and i probably had one of the best burgers in my Life. better than royal eatery in town i would say. It is pure with a big beef patty, some relish and just perfect!
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  • Went there for Sunday Lunch with family of 3, ordered Peri Peri Chicken Livers as a starter. There was no Peri in the meal nor a sauce to speak about and the content tasted as if it came out of a burnt container not to mention the lack of flavor. Note - > don't give me the option of normal medium or hot if you can not deliver on it. Mains I asked the waiter what she recommended, she suggested the Lamb Shank. None of the flavors explained in the menu came through in the meal and the most important thing was that it was BLAND and super tasteless. Should have gone with a deep fried fish parcel instead.
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  • Have eaten here a few times, service always takes forever & the last 3 times the food has been so disappointing and not worth what you pay for it. Such a pity as the location is absolutely amazing!!
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  • Stunning location - very disappointing food and service. Went for breakfast on Sunday - all our coffee / teas were cold, as were our meals. Very disappointing.

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  • We have had lovely experiences during the winter months at Die Damhuis, but sadly lunch in summer did not hit the spot. I understand that fish have bones and mussels have beards, but plastic in calamari is a new one. My hastily prepared meal contained about a dozen pieces of hard plastic, which makes me wonder where else they are taking shortcuts. Really disappointing.

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  • I felt most unwelcome here – I had to move tables three times. I was served old bread and charged extra for it. There is nothing traditional about the place, and I am never going back.

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  • It has become a weekly tradition for us to take a ride out of Cape Town to visit the beautiful out lying areas as well as sample some of the amazing culinary delights on offer. This weekend however was a huge disappointment for us. We ordered fish, and expecting it do be lovely and fresh since we were in Melkbos, what arrived was nothing of the sort. The sole was so wet, it had obviously been frozen for too long and not cooked properly. On top of that, their secret spice was Aromat. So I ingested a tablespoon of MSG in the first bite. The Kingklip on the other hand was such a measly portion that we sent it back immediately and requested another sole instead. The sole arrived and honestly looked liked it had fallen onto the floor before being plated. So unimpressive. By then we had lost our appetites and just wanted to leave. Not once did a manager come and apologise and instead everyone just avoided our table. Definitely an afternoon wasted with poor service and even worse food.

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  • Wonderful food and people. Unbelievable atmosphere!
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  • 16th June 2011

    Approx 3 weeks ago on a Sunday my wife, daughter and I had lunch at your restaurant, we sat outside in the warm winter sun and enjoyed a rump steak, chicken Malay curry and a chicken pie, the food was very enjoyable, service a little under par but acceptable in total 8 out of 10 for the day. We so enjoyed it that we returned yesterday with my mom taking her out for a treat, we sat inside the restaurant area because of the poor weather conditions outside, right next to the fire place and oh dear, what a disaster everything was. The restaurant was freezing cold as there was a draught coming in as a result of doors been left open as the fire place smoked the restaurant out! The wife had the chicken soup for starters this was bland and cold, mom had the chicken salad which was good I had the balsamic salad which was OK, my daughter did not join us for the starters. For mains I had the rump steak medium to rare with baked potato, wife had the chicken curry again, mom had the pork belly and seasonal vegetables, daughter settled again for the chicken pie. The rump steak was served on a cold plate with a baked potato and a tin mug of cold watery creamed spinach, the steak was sent back as it was served as a blue steak and as tough as leather, the curry was sent back as this was anything but curry (this was later removed from the bill) the pork belly served with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes was served with one tin mug of watery cold creamed spinach (where are the vegetables, note the plural) and wedged potatoes, the pork belly? The chicken pie my daughter enjoyed. Deserts consisted of milk tart for mom which she enjoyed my daughter had a desert which consisted of berries which was ok but totally overpriced. The wife and I did not join in for deserts.
    Disappointing that in today’s times when everybody is counting their pennies and cautious what we spend that we are still...One would like to imagine that a business like your own would be trying to serve a solid client base where people return time after time, or is it a tourist trap?
    Incidentally your website shows linen serviettes and at your prices I would expect exactly that with proper desert spoons, not paper serviettes and soup spoons.
    10 out of 10 for our waitress Crystal, she was a super star!
    0 out of 10 for the lady with glasses and black skirt who one imagined was the manageress / owner the way she moved around the restaurant – she was well aware of our dissatisfaction but rather chose to ignore it / us, at the end of day it all goes back to management does it not? In my business it does!
    Thank you
    Keith Phillps
    keithp@airafrica.org.za
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  • Visited last weekend, food was expensive for an unknown restaurant
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  • Food was way overpriced, bill came to R400 for 2, x2 mains, a starter and a cheap bottle of wine - a rip off for an unknown restaurant. Worst of all, was served with a 4 year old bottle of white wine. Lesson learnt, check the label next time - definitely will not be returning.
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  • Wonderlike kos en wonderlike mense. Ongelooflike atmosfeer!
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  • Please come and check out our liquor licence and our lovely wine list that we have had for 11 months and 4 days. I dont know how people can say things that are not true. Die Damhuis has, in the past 11 months, built up a great reputation and a good record.
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  • Interesting to find a restaurant in a small town/beach destination with good service and excellent food. Burgers are good value and not small town at all...
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Booking required
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
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  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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